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some even made the pope laugh as he reached out to them. and in just a couple hours, benedict will depart the vatican for the last time as pope. he will take off from the helipad just behind the st. peter's basilica there. and vatican television cameras will follow the journey, live, robin. >> what history you're witnessing, george. you're going to be there all morning long, live. >>> and here, with josh, sam, bianna in for lara. we have a full morning here in new york as well. we are going to bring you the latest encouraging headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informa
story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you could tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. >> they have to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have t
deeply loves the church. >> reporter: pope benedict has kept the catholic church steadfast on a traditional path. but he leaves it beset by scandal, which the next pope will have to tackle head-on. >> it's 1.2 billion souls on the world. he's the only faith leader with such a big flock. and as i say, who else rules 1 billion people, other than the heads of china and india? >> reporter: he's considered one of the greatest living theologian. always more comfortable with books than with crowds. that's where he will return. benedict will disappear from public view, dedicating himself entirely to prayer and meditation. >> he was not a great administrator. he was a teacher. he was a german professor. he was a man, an intellect on the level of one of the greats like hagel or plato. >> that was abc's nick schifrin in rome. after benedict says good-bye to the church's cardinals, he flies by helicopter to the papal retreat. he will offer a blessing from the balcony and then shut the door. in his own words, benedict will be hidden for the rest of his life. >>> and it is a very busy mo
you. happening now, the final day on the job for pope benedict and we will go live to rome for a look at the unpress democraticked farewell to the pontiff. >> but, first, the promise that apple c.e.o. is making to investors worried about the huge stock slide. >> here is a look outside at the embarcardero and the bay from our roof top camera. >> the lights are still dancing across the bay bridge. we are going from spring to winter in a matter of about five days. saturday is warm, again, but by wednesday and thursday, it will be back in the 50's for highs, those are the better days for rain. but today we have high clouds and sunshine and mid-to-upper 60's around the bay shore and low 70's inland and upper 50's to 60 along the coast. rough surf tomorrow and low-to-mid 70's for the rest of us and sprinkles are possible in the north bay on saturday and cooler breezes for all of us on sunday. sue? >> thanks, rough drive if you are readed to benicia sub680 we have an accident, multi-cars, flatbed truck, left lane is blocked, center divide, shoulder, also, a lot of activity and very slow traf
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
event. benedict's decision to resign sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope. by mid-march. by any luck, that would mean a po new pope would be in place before easter. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 days in the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's bring in dan harris. good morning, dan. >> this is rare, historic and a complete surprise to the people around the pope. this morning, in rome, he convened a meeting of top church officials. reading a statement in latin saying that he'll resign effective february 28th at 8:00 p.m. local time. he said in the last few months, that his mind and body, have quote, deteriorated. >> i'm shocked and startled as of all of you. >> reporter: this morning, reaction from new york's cardinal dolan. >> there's a somberness there. there's a sadness there. >> reporter: benedict, who's 85 years old, has been pope since april 2005 who took over for the immensely popular pope john paul ii. his papacy has been marked by controversy. the pope criticized for how he handled the situation in his p
chance to see benedict xvi in the pope mobile. one final chance to see him speak. >> this is such a monumental time. no pope has resigned, the way he has done. and it's something that we have to see. >> reporter: tomorrow, benedict will officially retire to quiet prayer and meditation. the beatification will be captured live by 26 cameras. spectators started lining up before sunrise. they're full of devotion. benedict made the catholic church deeply concerned by corruption, cronyism and scandal. one of his final private meetings with the so-called 007 cardinals, who reportedly wrote about gay priests and blackmail in a controversial dossier. los angeles cardinal mahoney is here, even though he resigned and is accused of sealing the crimes of pedophile priests. >> i don't know if he said there's all these scandals, i have to resign. i think the weight of the job on someone who is relatively frail and very old, you know, just took its toll. and it was time for him to go. >> reporter: benedict will live in this converted convent and become pope emeritus. he will give
. soaking in the cheers, benedict rode in his popemobile, waving, kissing babies. and when he rose to speak, an ovation. it was a frail man today, a marked difference from the day he began his papacy. known as god's rottweiler, he's been a leader bent on defending the traditions of the church in a modern world. but his papacy would be tested by the pain and deceit of the church's sex abuse scandal. today, he spoke of joy and sadness. days of sun and light breezes, when the fishing was abundant. but there were times when the waters were choppy and there were headwinds. times, when he said, it looked as if the lord was sleeping. among those listening, the cardinals. those who will decide benedict's successor. i spoke with cardinal donald wuerl of washington. how about the chances of an american? cardinal dolan, o'malley of boston? >> i think the conventional wisdom, which i think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him, when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world. >> reporter: tomorrow night, benedict will no longer be
, but is that true? the proof that shows we >> it is 4:52. a poll shows pope benedict is leaving the post on a positive note. a new washington post/abc news poll shows 76 percent of catholics view pope benedict favorably and only 14 percent rate the pontiff unfavorable. his popularity lags that of the predecessor who before his death in early 2005 was seen favorably by 87 percent of catholics. pope benedict is stepping down for health reasons. san francisco and san jose are being looked at by the olympic committee as possibly host cities for games with letters sent to the mayors of 35 cities. san francisco, san jose, and sacramento are among the cities. san francisco mayor and san jose leader say this would be an expensive effort and they have other priorities. former san francisco mayor tried to get the olympics for 2012 game but that effort fizzled. >> oscar nominee almost did not make it into the country. the palestinian filmmaker and his family were detained at lax by authorities who doubted the legitimacy of the story. the film "five broken cameras" is nominated for best documentary
of thousands of roman catholics are at the vatican this morning for benedict's last general audience as pope. >> the historic transition before benedict's formal resignation tomorrow. it's wednesday, february 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. history is in the making at st. peter's square as the pope officially retires tomorrow and that's coming up in our top story. on top of that, we'll turn to northern texas where a 16-year-old driver with a stuck accelerator pedal managed to avoid crash after crash. the panicky situation with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. lucky is an understatement. >> wow. >>> also this morning, the debate over working at the office or working from home. after a surprising order from the top corporate executive. where are you the most productive? >> would you do this show from home if you could? >> in a heartbeat. actually, i do live here. >> feels like we do. >> we're here every night. >>> coming up later this half hour, chris brown and rihanna's relationship has been on and off.
playing out in rome. last night here, we reported on that secret report prepared for pope benedict about the culture within the walls of the vatican. it's believed only the pope and three cardinals know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. and so i want to bring in abc's global affairs anchor christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, always great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that the pope will continue to be called benedict, he will continue to be called his holiness and given the title pope emeritus. we understand that he'll continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will dispense with his signature red prada shoes and perhaps wear some brown leather shoes. and that he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. david? >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter
of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
you know about that and when the rain is coming back. >> plus, pope benedict's final farewell, what he tell the faithful during the last public appearance before stepping >> walnut creek, campbell, and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> not first time since the middle ages, a pope is choosing to say good by, pope benedict xvi bid final public farewell to the followers this morning after the vatican. tens of thousands packed st. support's square as he took the final ride in the popemobile receiving a long-standing ovation and drove through the square in his popemobile. when he steps down tomorrow he will leave for a retreat outside of rome and will remove himself from the public eye dedicating himself to prayer and meditation. >> it is time now for a look at weather. a little hazy. looking for rain. >>the good news although it is hazy, it doesn't look like we will have a "spare the air" with the warm surge. so enjoy it outside. sonoma and napa and sfo oakland, concord, santa cruz, and watsonville, the dryest, ever, going to a new year the 5th dryest in san francisco and second in r
of massive crowds in st. peter's square for pope benedict doing his second to last weekly sunday morning window blessing before his retirement. coming up, the news we have this morning about the secret of conclave cardinals where a successor will be chosen. >> the guessing game is in full effect over who it will be. >>> also this morning a rare sit-down with lebron james of the nba all-star game. you won't believe what his favorite tv show. i'm pet sure the answer will surprise you and a special message for our robin roberts. she will be here in just a few days rejoining us here at "gma." >> that is great and also i was very impressed he was willing to admit his favorite tv show. >>> also the story of a heart transplant with a surprise romantic twist. we've been talking about this story behind the scenes for 24 hours now. we cannot wait to show it to you coming up but let's start this morning with the triple threat in the weather department, the map tells the whole story. we've got a storm heading to new england, another one coming out west and cold snap down south. ginger zee, our in-ho
. they say his mind was as sharp as ever, even at the age of 96. >>> pope benedict is leaving it up to the cardinals of the catholic church when it comes to starting the meeting that will choose his successor. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the conclave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the usual 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect this coming thursday. >>> prosecutors in italy have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the captain of "the costa concordia" cruise ship. francisco schettino was at the helm when the ship slammed against a reef and capsized more than a year ago. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> and coming up after the break, stocks sliding yet again, just days after a historic high. >>> plus, one year later. today, a community remembers trayvon martin. >>> and meltdown, big-time. a traveler's epic tantrum at the check-in counter. all of it, yep, caught on camera. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, fresh fears are sending stocks lower this morning. wit
. eddie routh has been charged with murdering kyle and his friend, chad littlefield. >>> pope benedict told ash wednesday worshipers he is resigning for the good of the roman catholic church. his service at the vatican this morning is among his last official duties as pope. and is the first time he's been in public since making his bombshell resignation announcement. some worshipers cheered when they saw benedict. his term officially ends february 28th. >>> and bookies are looking to make big bucks taking bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. right now, canadian cardinal marc ouellet is the 3-1 favorite. he would become the first north american pope. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up the damage after last weekend's monster blizzard. the storm that dumped more than three feet of snow on the northeast also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of real estate. there was also property damage along the beach. elsewhere in massachusetts, boston students return to school for the first time since the blizzard. they're doing so today. wow.
. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at the vatican. tomorrow, we'll see him on television. but most of it will take place behind the vatican walls. 50,000 tickets for this event, standing room only crowd. and for a pope who is famously reserved, it counts as an emotional farewell. they came today by the thousands to say good-bye. pope benedict gave them an up-close look, moving through the crowds in the popemobile. he even stopped to kiss a baby. the first pope since the middle ages to step down, smiling today, as he took it all in one last time. the crowd got to their feet and gave him a long standing ovation. today, he looked thin and frail as he addressed the faithful, referring back to the day eight years ago when he first appeared on that balcony. in that moment, he said, i felt like st. peter with the apostles in the boat on lake galilee. referring to that iconic gospel scene right over the entrance of st. peter's basilica. benedict noted that, at times, t
about the health problems facing pope benedict. a day after he unexpectedly announced his resignation at the catholic church's top leader. vatican revealed that he had a secret pacemaker installed and under went a procedure to replace the battery. we're getting the first glimpse where he'll retire. he will move into a four story building attached to a vatican monastery that they have been renovating for months. they are racing to get the work done before he retires. >> there is a lot of sunshine out there today. a little slower started than yesterday and more humidity. temperatures not quite as warm right now as they were yesterday. i still think this we have warmer than average temperatures and we'll hit 70 before the cooler weather hits this weekend. >> and american express teams up with twitter, how you can buy things using a hash tag. >> and it's tuesday, mardi gras >> cheryl: twitter is teaming up with american express to be a shopping site. messaging service can shop using their american express card. you can tweet a special hash tag and american express will tweet them a messag
tonight. >>> what's next? we show you where pope benedict will live after he resigns. and will one of these men make history as the new pope? >>> good evening from washington, d.c. we are here to cover the president's state of the union address tonight. but we begin with the breaking news at this hour, out of california. police closing in on the former cop accused of the murder rampage. christopher dorner exchanging fire with s.w.a.t. teams. officers wounded, images streaming in of police officers, guns drawn, searching cars. and abc's cecilia vega is there to tell us what is happening right now. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. the situation is still ongoing. and this is what we know. two officers have been shot and one fatally --
of eight, hopes to present new legislation sometime in march. abc7 news, washington. >> ama: pope benedict blessed a huge crowd from his window. more than 100,000 people crowded st. pete rer's scare. the pope raised hith arms out to the crowd. the sunday blessing is one of the most cherished traditions of the catholic church and this moment is one of his last opportunities to connect with the catholic masses. last week the 85-year-old announced his resignation. he'll step down february 28th. >> some big weather changes are coming our way. meteorologist leigh glaser has preview. >> leigh: hard to tell today because we had temperatures in the 60s. beautiful sunshine. but get rade for old man winter to return. temperatures in the 50s and i'll let you know when the day will come when we see the rain. >> also, political wrangling at the nation's capitol may mean the end of one of san francisco's biggest events. >>> and then, air raids. what a mother is saying about an incident on a claim where she >> ama: a spectacular sight but fleet week may be in jeopardy as congress and the president can't
about 100 miles north of tokyo. no damage reported at nuclear plants. >>> pope benedict, in his final week of his papacy. his resignation becomes official on thursday. about 100,000 people were there for his final sunday blessing. today, he's expected to issue new rules allowing the cardinals to bring forth the start of the conclave which will elect the next pope. >>> to washington, where it's four days until the automatic spending cuts kick in. the president is warning about devastating consequences. still, there's no deal on the table. tahman bradley reports from washington. >> reporter: democrats and republicans are set to introduce proposals to stop the across the board spending cuts. neither side thinks a bill can get through congress before friday's deadline. >> unless the republicans are willing to compromise, and do a balanced approach, i think it will kick in. >> it will kick in. >> reporter: president obama is turning up pressure on congressional republicans with his administration details how the program cuts will affect spending in every state. >> thousands of educators wi
. oscar pistorius said he thought he was shooting an intruder. >> we are learning more about pope benedict's declining health. a german reporter says he noticed two months ago hit hearing had deteriorated and he appeared to have gone blind in his left eye and lost weight and he looked exhausted. 50,000 supporters jammed st. support's square outside the vatican yesterday to attend the next-to-last weekly blessing. he will retire a week from thursday. the cardinals meet for a conclave to elect a new pope before easter. >> the white house leaked details of a plan to overhaul the immigration system and deal with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants here. the white house says president obama wants to be prepared in case a small bipartisan group of senators fails to come up with reform plan. the administration is weighing an option to allow immigrants to become legal residents in eight years. some children are undocumented immigrants in the bay area talked to us about it. >> my dad, to not be scared, because my dad is scared. >> some say the plan's big of the problem is it doesn't gu
to the headlines coming in right now on the pope. we just learned that benedict will be called emeritus pope and will wear white after he steps down next week. his retirement this week is being clouded by scandal, as there are more calls to stop an american cardinal from participating in the election of the next pope. abc's david wright is in rome right now with the very latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. there's never before been a precedent for a cardinal stepping aside because of a scandal. now there is. that make it uncomfortable for other cardinals tainted by scandals. among them, roger mahoney, who, for years, covered up for pedophile priests. for 24 hours, britain's cardinal keith o'brien has holed up in this home in scotland. >> the holy father accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. >> reporter: on sunday, a british newspaper reported he sexually harassed four seminarians in the 1980s. while o'brien insists the presence were false, his presence at the conclave would be a distraction. there's another scandal, one that is demonstrably true, that a
. appreciate that from you. more coming up. >>> now to the vatican, where moments ago, pope benedict made history, delivering his weekly sunday prayers from the balcony for the last time before he retires this thursday. all this, as the vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. abc's david wright is in rome. >> reporter: this was the last time we will see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. this time, next week, the papal apartment will be sealed for his successor. the elections, or at least the campaign, well under way. it's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. palace intrigue is part of the history going back 2,000 years. >> through the course of centuries, cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. >> reporter: now the vatican says that the media is trying to meddle. >> today, there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: salacious cha
are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000 people were at the vatican for benedict's final appearance is scheduled for wednesday to general audience. >>> the pope might be aging, but he's not as old as this guy. he's 101 years old. we're telling you about him only because he's finally hanging up his competitive running shoes at 101. >> remarkable. he's known as the world's oldest marathoner. yesterday he finished the last ten kilometers of the marathon in hong kong. as far as competing, he says it's time to retire, but he adds he might run again to raise money for charities. he's 101 years old. >> and by the way, he only took up running when he was 89 years old as a way to overcome the death of his wife and son, which happened in quick succession. a runner? >> i'll treadmill at the gym, but that's about it. >> congratulations at doing that at 101, things i can don't at 32. >> makes me think there might be a marathon in my future. >> when you turn 89. >> i'll wait until i'm 89.
an unexpected turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who just might do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red. "cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, never your eminence, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity. and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope from a superpower. but
're going to begin with pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month because of declining health. this morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. good morning, dan. >> reporter: josh, good morning. the pope received an extended standing ovation, was even interrupted a few times by cheers. some people had tears in their eyes. benedict appeared gratified by all the well-wishes. he thanked people for their prayers during these days he said had been hard for him. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church. and i was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. the vatican clearly concerned about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. >> quieting concerns for now. thank you, dan. >>> now to the latest on that carnival cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico. its power knocked out by fire. and this morning, the ship with some 4,200 people onboard is finally making its way to port. but conditi
and strongest example of how the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to issue new rules about the timing and proceedings of the conclave. he can do it by decree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day equivalent of the borgias. these day, the italian papers read like dan brown novel. as doier prepared for the pope's eyes only. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as in the italian press, the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. from the papal apartments. they gave the pope a report. only he and they know what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, there's the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahony and other voting cardinals. the request raised, should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope? moments ag
benedict will not take part in choosing the successor and appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. many who gather for mass in the bay area last night prayed for the pope. and students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues like married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lost the traditions that we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about married priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church including the nuns and lay women. >> the people will step february 28. >> the u.n. security council is gathering for an emergency meeting this morning to discuss north korea's latest nuclear test. the closed door session is scheduled to begin in just under half an hour at 6:00 our time. this morning, north korea announced they tested a minute that tuesdayed nuclear device, and an earthquake measuring up to 5.2 was registered in the morning this morning possibly caused by the debt. nato calls it irresponsible. >> president obama will concentrate on jobs and
that pope benedict will keep the title of "his holiness" after he resigns. >> a top superintendent valley c.e.o. and former republican candidate for government is changing her position on same-sex marriage. h.p. c.e.o. whitman is saying proposition eight in california should be overturned. "new york times" reports that whitman signed a legal brief urging gay people have a constitutional right to marriage. she supported proposition 8 during the campaign if governor in 2010. other prominent republicans who signed the brief that will go to the supreme court include former presidential candidate huntsman, former new jersey governor whitman, and former massachusetts governors weld and swift. the supreme court is set to hear arguments on whether proposition eight is constitutional next month. >> from egypt, 18 foreign tourists are confirmed dead after a hot air balloon crashed in one of the worst tourism accidents in the country's history. a bay area man visiting the city took the photos before the crash the christopher was in another balloon when it happened and according to officials there was
was shooting an intruder. >> we are learning more about pope benedict's declining health. a reporter noticed two months ago that his hearing deteriorated and he appears to have gone blind in the last eye. and he lost weight and he looked exhausted. 50,000 supporters jammed st. peters' square yesterday to attend his next-to-last weekly blessing. the 85-year-old pole will retire -- pope will retire a week from thursday. >> there is a plan to overhaul the immigration system and deal with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already here. the white house says president obama wants to be prepared in case a small bipartisan group of senators fail to come up with a plan for reform. the administration is weighing an option to allow immigrants to become legal resolution didn'ts in eight years. some children of undocumented immigrants in the bay area talked to us about it. >> my dad, to not be scared. he is scared. >> the biggest problem is it doesn't guarantee a pathway to citizenship or adequately deal with future immigrants. senator rubio of florida is working on a senate plan says if t
of thousands join pope benedict for sunday mass and new details how soon his successor could be chosen. good morning, a live look from emeryville where it's nice and sunny, fog in the south bay, gusty offshore winds and we're talking about end to above normal weather pattern. that >>> good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. let's start with a look at the weather with our meteorologist lisa argen. >> you may have felt the change in the air yesterday but we certainly have changes this morning. with very gusty winds and componenha
a live report from the red carpet. and pope benedict makes his last appearance. speculations flow about his resignation. >> and from the roof camera, 50 already downtown. everyone warmer today. i'll explain when the morning news at nine >> good morning, everyone. it is 9:00 a.m. on this oscars sunday morning. i'm katie marzullo in for carolyn tyler this morning. we will start off with a quick first look at the weather. here's meteorologist lisa argen. >> good morning, everyone. you notice the few high clouds around. the breeze is dying back but the winds are out of the north. that's the key to a warmer afternoon. as you head out this morning temperatures right around 40 degrees in the east bay and north bay.
more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the carolinas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we kn
a little church. >> feel it going through your veins. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s.
years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well
the vatican about pope benedict's health. officials have now confirmed the pope struck his head during his recent trip to mexico, leading some to speculate it may have been a factor in his decision to resign. however, the vatican denies it played any role in the pope's decision. >>> new problems for defense secretary chuck ha goal, republicans are expected to filibuster his confirmation hearing tomorrow morning. they're demanding to know about the president's initial response to the attack in benghazi. >>> and finally, what would you do if you were this guy? a homeless man in kansas city, named billy ray harris looked down in his change cup. he realized a woman had stopped to give him some change. had dropped her diamond engagement ring into his cup. yes. could have pawned it for thousands. gotten away with it. instead, when he saw her again, after hanging on to it, he gave it back. she offered some cash as a thank you, a reward. harris said, nope. doing the right thing, better than any cash reward. it is, in fact, priceless. and i do hope, sarina, you're watching at home. i do hope everyb
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